WEEK 13 DRAFTKINGS QUARTERBACK PLAYS
CASH GAMES – Cam Newton ($6,800)
In the past two games, the Saints have given up 23.86 DraftKings points to Jared Goff and 28.98 points to Kirk Cousins. Reverting back to their old shootout ways, New Orleans’ defense was destined to fall back down to Earth. Now facing a hot Cam Newton with the second highest over/under on the board at 48, it’s likely this will be the third consecutive Saints shootout. Last week against the Jets, Newton only completed 11 passes and didn’t throw a touchdown but still managed to have 17.52 DK points, proof that his rushing ability will always give him a real solid floor, which is exactly what you are looking for in cash game lineups. This is the biggest game of the year for both teams. The winner will likely win the division, while the loser will be fighting to stay in the playoff hunt so Cam Newton will have no other choice but to go all out and leave nothing on the field as a 5-point underdog. Cam will show why he was the MVP two seasons ago.
GPP – Jay Cutler ($4,700)
People will see “Jay Cutler” while scrolling through the quarterback names and will likely uncontrollably laugh at the fact this guy is still starting NFL games and making a cool $10 million doing it. Throw in a date against the No Fly Zone and it’s very likely Cutler will be on few GPP rosters. However, is Denver really that scary against quarterbacks anymore? In a lost season and without star cornerback Aqib Talib, the motivation and talent factor is no longer there for the Broncos. Even with Talib, Denver has given up 12 passing touchdowns in their past four games, all without picking the ball off once. The past two QBs to face the Broncos have been Andy Dalton and Derek Carr, two underachieving signal-callers who can be considered in the same phylum as Cutler. In these matchups, Carr had 16.82 DK points and Dalton scored 18.56. Surely, Cutler can at least put up similar stats against a Denver team that has essentially quit the season. They’re 0-5 on the road this season and have given up no fewer than 21 points in each loss. Smokin’ Jay is back from his hiatus and was actually playing well before the concussion, having his best two games of the season in his previous starts against Oakland and Carolina. In those two games, Cutler averaged 262 yards and 2.5 touchdowns on 39.5 passing attempts, suggesting the Dolphins were changing their offense to a pass-first approach following the Jay Ajayi trade. Cutler will never be an easy pill to swallow in fantasy, but Denver defense is only a sheep in wolves clothing these days.